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Holidays - Yammim Tovim and Festivals

At all of CBST's Torah services, on Shabbat and Festivals, you may have four different opportunities to be called up to Torah for an aliyah, reflecting the diversity of practice honored within the CBST community. Thank you to Rabbi Rachel Weiss, former CBST Associate Rabbi, for creating these helpful video guides to the blessings:

  • Traditional Torah Blessings with Masculine God Language: Text Video
  • Traditional Torah Blessings with Feminine God Language: Text Video
  • Reconstructionist Torah Blessings with Masculine God Language: Text Video
  • Reconstructionist Torah Blessings with Feminine God Language: Text Video

Chanukah: Chanukah means "dedication" in Hebrew, referring to the joyous eight-day commemoration of the victory of the Maccabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem with a ritual lighting of the oil in the menorah. Today, we light the candles of the Chanukiyah (the menorah designed for this festival). We enjoy foods prepared with oil (latkes “potato pancakes” and sufganiyot “jelly doughnuts”) to remind us of story that only one day of oil was found in the Temple, but the oil lasted eight days. We sing songs - Listen to Flory Jagoda’s Ladino classic “Ocho Kandelikas”. And we play games, like spinning the "dreidel" that's inscribed with the the letters that stand for "A Great Miracle Happened There" (in Israel, "A Great Miracle Happened Here").  Here's a simple 4-page document with the blessings and songs of Chanukah

Pride Month & CBST: June is New York City Pride Month and a month of celebration at CBST as well. With Shabbat services, special events for families with children, guest speakers and of course the Pride March itself - dance in the streets with CBST's float, under our rainbow chuppah and with our community ... Joyful! Spiritual! Proud!

Yammim Tovim: CBST observes the holidays of the Jewish ritual calendar:

  • Passover
  • Purim
  • Tu BiSh'vat
  • Shavuot
  • High Holy Days - S'lichot, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah

In addition to special Shabbatot, we celebrate and observe: 

  • Kristallnacht German Jewish Music Shabbat
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance Shabbat
  • World AIDS Day Shabbat
  • Harvey Milk Shabbat
  • Shabbat Shirah
  • Pride Shabbat and more!

Shabbat
Our regularly scheduled evening and morning Shabbat services reflect the diversity of the Jewish religious observance at CBST, a pluralistic resource in New York City’s Jewish life. All CBST services are open to everyone, always free of charge. Question? Contact us at 212-929-9498 or info@cbst.org

  • Service times and locations are posted the homepage of our website and noted in the weekly eNews.
  • Consider sharing moments of joy or memory with the community by sponsoring Shabbat and Livestreaming.

Shabbat Evening Services / Main Kabbalat Shabbat Services
The core of CBST's religious life is our weekly Kabbalat Shabbat service, combining traditional liturgy with progressive values, politics, spirituality, reflection, and magnificent music. Services are led by our rabbis, music director, cantorial intern, cantorial student, and lay ba’alei tefillah (service leaders). Scheduled every Friday evening throughout the year at 6:30pm, services are held at 130 West 30th Street in New York, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.

Shabbat Morning Services/Yoga Meditation Format Services
First Saturday of the Month, 10 am
Occurring once monthly, our Yoga/Meditation Minyan provides us with an embodied prayer practice through singing, studying, and stretching. Yoga accessible to all levels is always included as a component of the service, and is double tracked to include mat-based and chair-based practice options. The service also integrates a recitation of the Amidah, reading of Torah, and Kaddish. We provide the mats. Just bring yourself for this serene Shabbat experience!

Shabbat Morning Services / Liberal Format Services
In this service, we daven in a consciously modern context with a discussion of the weekly Torah reading and a Kiddush lunch. This minyan uses the Reconstructionist movement’s siddur Kol Haneshamah: Shabbat Vehagim, reads Torah on the triennial cycle, and reads the traditional Haftarah reading. Services are led by our rabbis, Cooperberg-Rittmaster Rabbinical Interns, and lay leaders on the second and fourth Saturday of every month at 10 am. If you are interested in learning more about our liberal minyan or would like to be put on the email list, click here.

Shabbat Morning Services / Traditional Egalitarian Format Services
In this service, we daven a liturgically inclusive Shabbat morning service in a more traditional yet completely egalitarian context. This service includes a full Torah reading, Haftarah reading, and Musaf. Using the Conservative movement’s Siddur Lev Shalem, this service is led by our lay leaders and rabbis and is followed by a kiddush lunch, on the third Saturday of every month at 10:00 am. If you are interested in learning more about our traditional egalitarian minyan or would like to be put on the email list, click here.

Shabbat Morning for Children
During the school year, CBST’s Limmud B’Shabbat Hebrew School and Children’s Alef Bet Shabbat services are held concurrently with the Liberal Format Shabbat Morning Service. Children 0-5 attend Alef-Bet Shabbat with their grownups, while children in grades K-7 attend their own services and classes in Hebrew and Jewish learning. CBST's Associate Rabbi Rabbi Yael Rapport directs these programs. Learn more about Children's Education Programs!

Torah and Haftarah Reading at CBST
CBST is proud that all Torah and Haftarah readings for Shabbat, festivals, and High Holy Days is done by lay members of our community. We provide our readers with access to an easy online sign-up system, guidance and support in preparation, and images from our Torah. If you are interested in learning more about our leyning program or would like to be put on the email list, click here.